SOURCE: News release from Logansport All-America City Committee Chair Dave Kitchell
DENVER, Colo. — Logansport finished in the top 18 of the nation’s oldest civic award Wednesday evening.
The city fell just short of being named one of the 10 coveted All-American Cities by a nationwide panel of judges. Logansport was entered in every award category, and the Logansport Children’s Choir tied for first place with Studio Tenn of Franklin, Tenn., winning the Cultural Exchange Showcase. Founding director Tim Cahalan and his wife Susan will receive two round-trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines, one of the sponsors of the event.
Logansport All-America City Committee Chair Dave Kitchell said the city accomplished something a limited number of cities do.
“We were recognized for our efforts to improve health and well-being from the new cancer center at Logansport Memorial Hospital to the Cass County Family Y renovation and the trail system,” Kitchell said. “Our community can be proud that they competed with the top cities in the nation for a special honor that only 13 Indiana communities have ever won.”
Kitchell said he plans on competing again next year. This was the first time the city has reached the finalist round of 22 after three previous unsuccessful applications.
Muncie, the only other Indiana city in the competition, did win the award along with El Paso, Texas; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Miami Gardens, Fla.; Portsmouth, Ohio; Algoma, Wisc.; Franklin County, Tenn.; Pitt County, N.C.; Rochester, N.Y., and Danville, Va.
Logansport’s entry in the social media contest was not successful, but the Website had more views — over 19,000 — than Logansport has citizens.
Whitney Jennings, Logansport’s only Miss Basketball and a recent graduate of Butler University, was a runnerup in the John Parr Youth Leadership Award competition.